Arrived at the Katsikoulakis appartments in August, what a wonderful reception. We had booked our holiday through Olympic Holidays,the coach transfer took us through the resorts of agh. Marina and Platanias which just seemed to merg into one awful built up resort, no character at all. Then we arrived at our appartments, thank goodness it is a world away from what the coach had just driven through. Peace, quiet and rural. The wounderful appartments cool terrace/bar was our first port of call, for lunch a cool beer and Greek salad and a wounderful view of the beach and sea. Our holiday had begun!. The Raki and sweets are a nice touch too!! Thankyoux
There are two tiny shops a short 10 min walk from the back of the apparments up the track. But we only went to the one (turn left at the top of the track) where we got bread and melon,(the used melon skin we would give to the goats,Yum! ,the other shop (turn right) seemed to be always closed, but as we hired a car (a must) we got our main shopping from the supermarket on the way to Kolymbari.
Our appartment was clean, basic utensils and a small oven with two main hobs and one smaller for making Greek coffee. Our balcony overlooked farmed land but with views overlooking the sea and the peninsula towards Kolymbari. The shower was something to adapt to, as its more like a wet room with toilet but this did not bother us, this is Greece after all!
Most days we had the pool to ourselves, wonderfully peaceful.
There are a few restaurants locally, if you walk up the track to the main road, but the one we went to most was if you turned left from the aprtmnt and walked along the beach ,at the end is a Taverna right on the beach. Wonderful meals were had here. At night though we drove along the back roads
to get there as at night it would be too far to walk and too dark, about 10 mins in car.
A car is a must, there is so much to see, we did not get to see all that West Crete had to offer in the
two weeks that we were here.
The Samaria Gorge was fantastic with a wonderful taverna . Great views.
The beach at Falasarna is sandy and good for small children.
We took a trip to the Koutsamatados ravine and stopped off at the cave of Ayia Sofia just pass the tunnel cutting through the ravine. We enjoyed the visit to the cave, you follow lit candles to walk around back of the cave, and the taverna on the way down the track has wonderful views.
My favorite cove was at Ravdouha Beach on the West side of the peninsula from Kolymbari,
stopping off at the lovely little church of Ayia Marnina. Turn left at the bottom to the Waves On The Rock Taverna, this will take you to the most lovely cove and even better taverna to eat.
We did also take a trip for our 13 year old daughter to the Limnoupolis Water Park. Once we found it (opposite the go kart) in the middle of nowhere. Great fun and not that busy and this was on the Saturday.
If you like Horse riding Zefrios near Nteres (Deres) is in a wonderful position, it is signposted and about 15 mins from Travonitis.
There were loads of other places we visited including the 3000 year old olive tree at Vouves!
All in all we had a lovely holiday .
I would also like to say a thank you to our Olympic rep, who was local and therefore could give us a lot of info about the area.
- Also Known As:
- Studios Katsikoulakis Chania, Crete